CafÃ©s in fancy clothes stores have become my new favourite thing after a visit to Ralph Lauren on Regent Street. Their CafÃ© and Bar is stunning. When we heard that Burberry, just down the road from there, has a cafÃ© too, we popped down for a spot of breakfast.
Thereâ€™s a more formal first floor dining room which is open for lunch and dinner (beware: it closes fairly early open due to store opening hours) but for brekky, itâ€™s just the ground floor space.
Itâ€™s bright and airy with bare, curvy wooden chairs and bare tables topped with pink flowers. Minimal would be the word. Our Ozzy waitress is super warm and friendly creating a relaxed atmosphere.
Crushed avocado (Â£10) is a solid version of my favourite; the avo is both ripe and plentiful but it could do with a touch of black pepper. I season it myself. The poached egg, thatâ€™s a Barradale poached egg, has the most golden yolk Iâ€™ve ever seen. Theyâ€™re free range and laid in Britain – such fine quality.
A side of Eastleach bacon (Â£4) is thick cut with just the right amount of greasy, salty fat – which is why you order bacon, right?
From the Aga, hot buttered crumpets (Â£5) arrive under a closh. Pointless? Sure, but I love the fabulousness of it all. And theyâ€™re bloody good crumpets might I add. The Netherend butter is more proof of the kitchenâ€™s expert sourcing of quality ingredients.
The space might not be quite as breathtakingly beautiful as Ralphâ€™s CafÃ© and Bar but the food and service ensures we donâ€™t regret our visit. Itâ€™s great spot for a decent Monmouth coffee and a bite to eat while braving the chaos of Regent Street.
Would we go back? Yes